On the Beach!

Keith, Jaymee KeithJ at WSDOT.WA.GOV
Mon Dec 14 10:16:01 PST 1998

Great idea, Linda!!  You could use the big beach umbrellas to post paper
to if needed -- especially to post the "market place."  Depending on the
number of participants, I agree that an audio system will probably be
needed to ensure that everyone can hear.

I, for one, will be very interested to hear how it all turns out, Ralph.
 Sounds like a fun challenge to me.  But then, I don't have to organize
it or assume responsibility for its success . . .
Jaymee Keith
Ombudsman's Office
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

>From:  Linda Starodub[SMTP:linda.starodub at undp.org]
>Sent:  Monday, December 14, 1998 10:09 AM
>To:    OSLIST at listserv.idbsu.edu
>Subject:       On the Beach!
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>         December 14, 1998    12:53pm   MAIL IS -
>   FROM: Linda Starodub                  Private
>     TO: ralphsc
>SUBJECT: On the Beach!
>Ralph -- what happens if the weather is uncooperative? How about sound --
>would you need a megaphone or two? How about shade and breakout areas? ...big
>umbrellas, colour-coded gigantic beach blankets, gaily striped tents, cabanas
>hobbled together out of palms fronds?
>What's the theme by the way?
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>         December 14, 1998    10:56am   MAIL IS -
>   FROM: ralphsc                         Private
>     TO: DC211LS
>         OSLIST
>SUBJECT: On the Beach!
>I've done a lot of open space gigs, but never one quite like this, and I
>welcome your suggestions:
>A corporate client wants its open space meeting of 110 people done on the
>beach in Florida.  As in: on the beach.  That, of course, means no walls.
>None.  I'm thinking: why not just spread out the posters on the sand and let
>people walk around them.  An chor them with cocoanuts or some other damn
>thing.  The more I think about this, the less I'm interested in trucking in
>bulletin boards, partitions or any other kind of artifical walls.  Just all
>these folks in sandals or bare feet walking around their o wn passions
>carefully laid out on the earth.  Why not?
>Another thought would be to get the facility to put up some volleyball nets
>and post stuff on those.  And if we leave a few actual volleyballs around as
>well ­ no telling how things might bounce.
>So, what would you do if you were asked to open space on a beach?  And what
>concerns would you have?  Anybody done one on a beach before?  or in a meadow
>or some other outdoor venue?  All advice welcome.  And thank you.
>Ralph Copleman

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